We always know when we see the words Relais and Chateau in relation to a hotel or restaurant that it is going to be a special experience. We have yet to be anything but thoroughly impressed by the uniqueness, level of service, and all around top notch experience at any of the locations they represent.
Last weekend we were lucky enough to stay at another of their amazing properties, the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, in the luxe enclave of Rancho Santa Fe outside of San Diego, and it was no exception. Well, not only was it no exception, it quite frankly blew us away.
From the guard working the entrance gate, to the valets and bellmen, front desk agent, servers at the restaurants and everyone else in between, we did not come across one person that did not have the most positive and friendly attitude, personality and outlook on customer service. They literally guide you through the check-in process directly to your private suite, where, as much as you want to just hop into the ultra comfortable down bedding, there is so much beauty outside that you just hate to waste away the day!
So, a little more about those fabulous rooms… Actually, room isn’t the right word. The entire resort is filled with suites and villas, featuring beautiful living spaces, lush outdoor patios and top-of-the-line amenities. There are partial ownership opportunities at the private homes on site, as well as a 3-bedroom Hacienda which would be a perfect place for a large family or a private function.
So much about a great resort is the food on site, because let’s face it, why would you want to leave a property this gorgeous?! Sit outside at sunset overlooking the croquet lawn with a freshly muddled cocktail from the Pony Room bar, as we did each evening, and you may just never leave. The food at both the Pony Room; with rustic, upscale casual food options and craft cocktails, and Veladora; their farm-to-table fine dining restaurant, were to-die-for, set in an ambiance so comfortable 4 hours has gone by before you know it.
It was also lovely to wake up to fresh squeezed orange juice and your paper each morning, followed by a delectable room service breakfast on the patio, surrounded by bouganvillias and fragrant honeysuckle.
With accolades such as: The # 1 California Resort by US News and World Travel Report, Conde Nast Traveler’s # 1 Resort in San Diego, and The # 1 Tennis Resort in the US by Tennis Magazine, one can imagine the kind of experience that awaits them here. Trust us that this is an absolute MUST see. An ideal place for a romantic getaway, a weekend of pampering at the world class spa, or a private event.
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